2011’s Eid-ul-Adha is arrived, in Thailand, it begins on November 6th, in some other countries, it will begin on November 7th, and the celebration will last for three days.
Eid-ul-Adha is one of the special festivals celebrated by Muslims throughout the world, irrespective of the fact that wherever a Muslim person is, the festival of Eid -ul-Adha is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm.
What is Eid-ul-Adha?
Eid ul-Adha is also the Festival of Sacrifice. It is at the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca). Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of this holy occasion.
On the first morning of Eid ul-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayers at their local mosques. After that, we go with family and friends to other Muslims’ house to pay a visit, to eat, exchange of greetings and gifts.
During the celebration of Eid ul-Adha, we, Muslims commemorate and remember the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham by slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat (as I said earlier). The meat is distributed during the days of the holiday or shortly afterwards. But this action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.
We honor and respect the Prophet Abraham (known in the Arabic language as Ibrahim). The Quran describes him as “a man of truth, a prophet” (Quran 19:41). Many aspects of Islāmic worship, including pilgrimage and prayer, recognize and honor the importance of the life and teachings of this great prophet.
The Quran sums up the view of the Prophet Abraham among Muslims: “Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to Allah, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith? For Allah did take Abraham for a friend” (Quran 4:125).
“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Qur’an 16:120-121)
One of Abraham’s main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he ready to submit to Allah’s will. When he was all ready to do it, Allah revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superseded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him to submit to God.
Where are the sacrificed meat go?
Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. When Muslims slaughter the animals, we do it in the same way throughout the year by saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, it reminded us that life is sacred.
The meat from the sacrifice of Eid ul-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor.
This act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts to follow Allah’s commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all the blessings that we got are come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.
It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims throughout the world, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations: “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)
A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah’s commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.
Here are some of the photos from my Eid-ul-Adha Nov 6th 2011 that I would like to share with you, wish you and your family has a wonderful and memorable Eid.
Eid Mubarak, may every year find you happy and healthy.
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